Sunday 25 February 2018

Bono and Edge write songs for new Irish film

Bono and the Edge.
Bono and the Edge.

Fiona Gribben

Bono and the Edge are currently penning a soundtrack for a film to be shot in Dublin this autumn.

The new film, Sing Streets, will be directed by former Frames guitarist John Carney who was behind the 2007 Oscar-winning film Once.

The U2 rockers have been involved in the film from its early stages.

It tells the story of a Dublin teenager in the 1980s who decides to set up a rock band to escape his challenging family life and, according to the director Carney, is semi-autobiographical.

It's kind of my story ab out growing up and forming a band to distract everybody and defend myself from the bullies and skinheads," he said.

He is currently casting several young actors to play feature roles in the film's predominantly teenage cast.

"We're looking for a new kid who can play the lead, a new 13-year-old who can sing, play guitar, and act," said the 42-year-old.

"We're mixing it up but certainly the main people will be unknowns.  It will be a film full of new faces."

Early buzz about the film, described as "a feel great movie", has been so strong that it has already been picked up by international film companies before the cameras have even started to roll.

Carney made his film breakthrough with Once, which featured his former Frames bandmate Glen Hansard and Markta Irglova.

One of the tracks from the movie, Falling Slowly, scooped the Academy Award for Best Original Song.  This summer Carney released his follow-up film Begin Again.

Meanwhile, U2 fans will be disappointed to hear that the release date of the band's upcoming album is likely to be pushed back after songs were leaked last month.


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